BACKSCATTER: The Voyage of the Investigator


Academy Gallery Exhibition

Start Date

28th Apr 2017

End Date

23rd Jun 2017


Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts, Inveresk

RSVP / Contact Information

E: or T: 6324 4400


Image credit: James Batchelor, Deepspace, digital image, 29.7 x 45.5cm. Photo credit: Charles Tambiah

Exhibition guest opening speaker: Professor Mike Coffin, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania
Exhibition curator: Joanna Gair
Exhibition artists: Richard Arculus, James Batchelor, Pete Harmsen, Annalise Rees, Charles Tambiah
Exhibition opening: 5.30 – 7pm Friday 28 April
Exhibition dates: 28 April – 23 June

In early 2016, a media photo/videographer, science photographer, scientist, choreographer and visual artist joined a scientific voyage to Heard and McDonald Islands in the Southern Ocean. The purpose of this voyage, to one of the world’s most remote and uncharted regions was to investigate the role of iron, a critical nutrient in the food chain, and ultimately producing the air we breathe. This exhibition explores the influence of the image as a mode of documenting and knowledge gathering, to share information and ideas. Taken from multiple perspectives; science, art and the media, these works reflect a shared experience of sky, land, sea, vessel, body and space. Thinking about the many ways image-making plays a central role in conveying information about phenomena in the world, BACKSCATTER reflects on the power of the image to enable us to see in an expanded sense.

*BACKSCATTER is presented in partnership with the UTAS Makers’ Space & Academy Gallery.